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Are you a gym bunny that gets shoulder pain when benching?

We see many gym lovers coming into the clinic presenting with shoulder pain during their favourite exercise – Barbell bench press. Although this is a common exercise in the gym it is one in which causes pain for many people when the weight starts to increase. There are many reasons as to why this particular  movement causes discomfort: it could be your underlying bony anatomy, muscle imbalances, incorrect technique or even a previous injury.  Whilst a physiotherapist can investigate these for you and discover what may be causing your pain and give you specific treatment and rehabilitation. There is a brilliant article by ‘the prehab guys’  who give insightful information no how to change your form, modify your technique and warm up your shoulders prior to benching, rather than just avoiding the movement. These suggested techniques could help alongside your physiotherapy treatment.